Our Board 2019-02-27T12:45:33+00:00

Our Board

The Board is responsible for the governance activities of the service, deriving its authority from the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 and the Hospital and Health Boards Regulation 2012.

There is a clear distinction between the strategic role of the Board and the operational role of the Executive. The Board controls the service for which it is established, whilst the Chief Executive and leadership team are responsible for implementing the Board’s directions and for the day-to-day management of the service.

The functions of the Board include:

  • developing the strategic direction and priorities for the operation of MNHHS
  • monitoring the compliance and performance
  • ensuring safety and quality systems are in place which are focused on the patient experience, quality outcomes, evidence-based practice, education and research
  • developing plans, strategies and budgets to ensure the accountable provision of health services
  • ensuring risk management systems are in place and overseeing the operation of systems for compliance and risk management reporting to stakeholders
  • establishing and maintaining effective systems to ensure that the health services meet the needs of the community.

The Board has ten independent members who bring a wealth of skills and knowledge across public, private and not-for-profit sectors with a range of clinical, health and business experience.

The following committees support the functions of the Board, each operates with a terms of reference describing the purpose, role, responsibilities, composition, structure and membership:

Board meeting summaries

The Board publishes a summary of the key points discussed and decisions made at each meeting. The summaries highlight key points discussed and any decisions that were made by the board. They do not form or represent any part of the minutes of the meeting.

Board members


Board Chair

Professor Stable’s 47 year career in health has included roles as a rural and remote General Practitioner, a Flying Doctor, Hospital Medical Superintendent and Chief Executive, Director-General of the Queensland Department of Health, Member and Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, Vice-Chancellor and President of Bond University and Non-Executive Board Director/Member.

He holds other Board appointments as Chair and Director of Health Workforce Queensland, Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Queensland Section,and North and West Remote (Primary) Health.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and the Australian College of Health Service Management (FCHSM (Hon)), has an honorary Doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology (DUniv), a Master of Health Planning (MHP) degree from the University of New South Wales and an undergraduate degree in Medicine (MBBS) from the University of Queensland.

Professor Stable was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001. He was conferred the honour of Emeritus Professor by the Council of Bond University in 2003.

RN, BA, LLB, LLM (Advanced), PhD, Member AICD
Deputy Chair and Chair, Safety and Quality Committee

Dr Kim Forrester is a registered nurse and barrister at law. Her clinical background includes intensive and coronary care nursing. She is a member of the Australian College of Nursing and established the Masters in Emergency Nursing program at Griffith University where she was also a foundation academic in the School of Medicine. Dr Forrester is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.

As a barrister, Dr Forrester’s areas of legal practice include coroner’s inquests, professional regulation and child protection. She held the position of Assistant Commissioner (legal) on the Queensland Health Quality and Complaints Commission from 2006 to 2009, and is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Elder Law Committee and Health and Disability Law Committee. She publishes extensively in the area of health law including as editor of the Nursing Column in the Journal of Law and Medicine, and co-author of Essentials of Law for Health Professionals, Australian Pharmacy Law and Practice and Essentials of Law for Medical Practitioners.

RN BNsg Member AICD
Member and representative on The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Board

Ms Bonny Barry is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience in community, hospice, hospital and clinic settings in Queensland and Victoria.

Ms Barry was the Professional Officer for Aged Care and Private Hospitals for the Queensland Nurses Union for six years. From 2001, she was State Member for Aspley for eight years, and served on several parliamentary committees including Chair of Caucus, Chair of Health Estimates, and the Assistant Minister for Education, Training and the Arts from 2006 to 2009.

More recently, Ms Barry has worked for the private sector before returning to nursing in 2012. She is co-author of The Nature of Decision Making of the Terminally Ill.

BEd (QUT), MA (Ohio), PhD (Qld), Member AICD
Member and Deputy Chair, Community Board Advisory Group

Professor Mary-Louise Fleming is Head, Corporate Education in the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology. She has experience in teaching and research in higher education, public health and health promotion for over 30 years.

Her research activity focuses on evaluation research and translational research for the World Health Organization, both Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, as well as consultancy projects for Queensland Health and the not-for-profit sector.

Professor Fleming has co-authored two books on health promotion and public health, and contributed to several other books.

Professor Fleming is a member of the Queensland Government Ministerial Oversight Committee, Advancing Health 2026, a Board member of Wesley Medical Research Institute and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Her appointments have included Health Promotion Queensland; Board of the Wesley Research Institute; Board of Governors St Andrew’s Hospital; National Heart Foundation; the Queensland Cancer Fund and Chair of the Quality Management Committee for Breastscreen Queensland.

She has an active consultancy practice involving reports on policy and practice for single health issues, policy development and implementation, and reviews and evaluation of numerous projects and programs.

B Bus (Econ), Dip HA, Grad Dip Commerce (Mkt), MAICD, AFCHSM
Chair, Risk and Audit Committee

Mr Geoff Hardy’s extensive career in healthcare management has spanned over 30 years, including operational roles at Royal North Shore Hospital, Westmead, and the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. After a period as Chief Executive at one of Ramsay Healthcare’s facilities, he established and ran their Malaysian subsidiary working closely with the Malaysian Ministry of Health in the planning of several major new facilities.

In addition to a period as a consultant to healthcare organisations in Queensland, Mr Hardy has also worked as CEO of two Brisbane law firms and was Global Leader for a commercial advisory practice providing strategic and commercial advice to government clients around the world. Recently, he has worked more broadly as an advisor to governments and private sector clients on significant infrastructure projects in the transport, health care and resources sectors and led AECOM’s Infrastructure Advisory practice for 6 years. He is currently leading a national consulting team for Prominence, a Brisbane based firm providing services to a range of clients including several Hospital and Health Services.

Member and representative on the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation Board

Associate Professor Cliff Pollard is a retired general surgeon. He completed his surgical training in Queensland and obtained post-Fellowship experience in the United Kingdom. Dr Pollard has been the staff surgeon and visiting medical officer at Redcliffe Hospital, prior to moving to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2008 as the Director of the Trauma Service. He retired in 2012.

Dr Pollard has a major interest in all aspects of trauma management in both pre-hospital and hospital environments and he has presented widely on the topic both nationally and internationally. As a member of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, he deployed to Bougainville and East Timor. Dr Pollard is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) National and Queensland Trauma Committees; the State Trauma Clinical Network; and the Australian Trauma Registry Executive and Steering Committee.

A former examiner in general surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Pollard also teaches anatomy in the Advanced Surgical Anatomy Course in the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland. Dr Pollard is also involved in research activities including the Jamieson Trauma Institute and the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partnership Trauma, Critical Care and Recovery Stream


Mr Adrian Carson joined Metro North in May 2017 and has over 25 years’ experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. As the CEO of the Institute for Urban and Indigenous Health, Mr Carson plays a leading role in the coordination of planning, development and delivery of comprehensive primary healthcare and integrated social support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across South East Queensland. He has worked as CEO of Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), the peak body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector in Queensland, and has previously worked with both Queensland and Australian Governments. Mr Carson is currently completing a MBA and holds directorships of QAIHC, and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).


Dr Paula Conroy has more than 10 years’ experience working within the primary care, hospital and corporate health sectors.

She is currently working as a general practitioner in Brisbane’s Northern suburbs with a particular interest in preventative health. During her time working in the hospital setting, Dr Conroy spent a number of years in both emergency medicine and general surgery. In the corporate sector Dr Conroy worked for two of the largest health insurance companies in Australia, Bupa and Medibank Private.

Dr Conroy is passionate about medical training and she is both a clinical supervisor for the University of Queensland School of Medicine and teaches GP registrars with General Practice Training Queensland. She also holds positions on the QLD Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Brisbane North Primary Health Network.

Dr Conroy brings her experience as both a GP and hospital trained clinician to the board. She is committed to continuous improvement particularly around the integration between primary health care and the hospital system and the role this plays in maintaining Australia’s world class health and hospital system.

PhD, MBus, GradCertAcadPrac (QUT), BNurs (NTU), GCertNurs (RPAH), FHEA, Member AICD

Dr Kim Johnston teaches at QUT Business School, and researches in the areas of community and stakeholder engagement, social impact, and communication. She originally trained as a registered nurse at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and worked in Sydney and Darwin in general surgical wards before moving into marketing and communication roles at News Limited, Nine Network, and for the Alcohol and Other Drugs program in NT Health Services. She moved to Queensland in 1997, working in the Queensland Health’s capital works hospital redevelopment program, and later as the communication manager at The Prince Charles Hospital. She joined QUT in 2002 as a full time academic, completing her PhD in strategic communication and organisational culture in 2011.  Since this time, Kim has been awarded more than $500,000 in competitive engagement related research grants across government, private, and non-profit sectors. She has also published more than 55 peer reviewed articles, conference papers, and book chapters. She is lead editor of the Handbook of Communication Engagement (Wiley, 2018) and is on the editorial boards of Public Relations Review, Corporate Communication International Journal, and the Public Relations Society of America Journal. She also holds a Masters of Business (Communication), a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, a Bachelor of Nursing, and a General Certificate of Nursing.

Chair, Finance and Performance Committee

Bernard is a Chartered Accountant and has practiced in the areas of taxation and business advisory for a range of clients and industry sectors including healthcare over the past 30 years. He is a Partner of BDO Qld and has held executive roles as well as managing his client practice. Bernard has had extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions include firms in the health sector. He is currently a Director of BDO Qld and BDO East Coast Practice.

Bernard has also held directorships on a number of private company boards and serves as Chair and a member of a number of Advisory Boards including in the superannuation administration, contract cleaning and fast moving consumable goods sectors.

Bernard holds a Bachelor of Business – Accountancy from QUT. During 2017 he was appointed an Executive in Residence – Visiting Fellow, for the Accountancy School at QUT.

He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Bernard has been actively involved in serving on not for profit Boards. He was the Chair of Crèche and Kindergarten Association Limited from 2012 to 2017. Bernard became a Director of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation in 2008 and became Chair of the Board in 2012, a role he currently holds. In 2017 he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Queensland Community Foundation. He also served as a Director of Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority during 2014 and 2015.

Contact us

Metro North Board
Located: Level 14, Block 7
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Phone: (07) 3647 9702
Email:  MNBFeedback @health.qld.gov.au

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